Knowledge Navigator

Start your search for knowledge! The Navigator will help you find your way through the different types of information available, and the different means of locating it.

For some resources, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account for access.

What sort of information are you looking for:

Books?

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Do you know the specific book you are looking for?

Yes, I have the book details

Visit the Shopshire Health Libraries (SHeLib) Catalogue and carry out a Title/Author Search. For best results, use the first few words of the title, and the first author’s surname.

If the book is on loan, at another library, or if you’d like it sent to your workplace, you can use the reservation facility to request a copy.

Otherwise, take a note of the shelfmark (e.g. WY 100 BAL) or special location (e.g. Leadership Zone), and find the book on the shelves.

If the book is not in the catalogue, you can order a copy from elsewhere.

There is no charge for this service.

You can also check the catalogues of Staffordshire University or Keele University.

No, I want to search for books by subject

Visit the Shopshire Health Libraries (SHeLib) Catalogue and carry out a Keyword Search. For best results, use just a few words.

If the book you require is on loan, at another library, or if you’d like it sent to your workplace, you can use the reservation facility to request a copy.

Otherwise, take a note of the shelfmark (e.g. WY 100 BAL) or special location (e.g. Leadership Zone), and find the book on the shelves.

You can also check the catalogues of Staffordshire University or Keele University.

E-books?

Example e-bookOur e-books can be found in our ProQuest Ebook Central collection, comprising over 20,000 titles. To search and access our e-books, an NHS OpenAthens account from us is required.

You can either read the book online, or download it to a mobile device for up to 14 days. Visit our guide for more details.

If you’re a student, you could also check the Staffordshire University or Keele University resource discovery systems.

If you are looking for a specific book and it is not available, you can request that we order a copy from elsewhere.

There is no charge for this service.

Clinical Pathways?

These are some good places to look for clinical pathways (also called care pathways or care maps).

NICE Pathways

NICE Pathways provide a graphical view of a patient pathway, with links to relevant NICE guidance including quality standards, technology appraisals, clinical, public health and social care guidelines and NICE implementation tools.

Google

A lot of clinical pathways are published by individual NHS organisations, and can be found in Google by using relevant terms for clinical pathways combined with your subject and limited to NHS websites.

For example, to find clinical pathways for metformin in diabetes care, you could use the following search strategy:

(“care pathway*” OR “clinical pathway*” OR “care protocol*” OR “critical pathway*” OR “care map”)  site:nhs.uk metformin diabet*

Follow the link below to run a search for clinical pathways in the NHS, and after opening Google, add you search terms to the end of the search box and re-run the search.

Systematic Reviews or Meta-Analyses?

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Are you looking for published or unpublished/ongoing reviews?

Observational Studies?

Observational studies can include cohort studies and case control studies. Where there are no RCTs available (perhaps because it is not appropriate to conduct one) they may be the best evidence available. Observational studies can help answer questions on prognosis, etiology and harms.

These are some good places to look for published observational studies. Once you’ve found one, you could use the CASP Cohort Study Checklist or CASP Case Control Checklist to critically appraise it if it is one of these two types of study.

Medline

Medline is a very comprehensive database, with coverage of all areas of medicine, including nursing, allied health, public health and mental health. It contains over 23 million references, from over 5,600 scholarly journals.

Observational studies can be retrieved by performing a subject search as normal, and then performing the following search (paste it into the search box) which is then combined with your subject search:

COMPARATIVE STUDIES/ OR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES/ OR TIME FACTORS/ OR (chang*).ti,ab OR (evaluat*).ti,ab OR (reviewed).ti,ab OR (prospective*).ti,ab OR (retrospective*).ti,ab OR (baseline).ti,ab OR (cohort).ti,ab OR (“case series”).ti,ab OR (consecutive*).ti,ab OR (compare*).ti,ab OR (compara*).ti,ab

This is a very ‘sensitive’ search, so will pick up a lot of references to studies that are not observational, but it should ensure you get all the observational studies available. More information on this filter is available in this article.

EMBASE

Excepta Medica (EMBASE) covers all aspects of medicine, nursing, allied health, health policy, and public health. It is particularly strong on pharmaceutical information, and has an emphasis on European literature.

Observational studies can be retrieved by performing a subject search as normal, and then performing the following search (paste it into the search box) which is then combined with your subject search:

CONTROLLED STUDY/ OR TREATMENT OUTCOME/ OR MAJOR CLINICAL STUDY/ OR (chang*).ti,ab OR (evaluat*).ti,ab OR (reviewed).ti,ab OR (compare*).ti,ab OR (compara*).ti,ab

This is a very ‘sensitive’ search, so will pick up a lot of references to studies that are not observational, but it should ensure you get all the observational studies available. More information on this filter is available in this article.

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

Qualitative Research?

Qualitative research can help to understand the human experience of health and illness, and is an important part of evidence-based healthcare. Qualitative research can use various methods, such as grounded theory, phenomenology, or focus groups.

These are some good places to look for articles that use qualitative research methodologies. Once you’ve found one, you could use the CASP Qualitative Research Checklist to critically appraise it.

CINAHL
 CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) covers all aspects of nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects, and health education.

If you’re searching CINAHL using the NHS Healthcare Databases, this is an example strategy that can be copied and pasted into the search box:

exp ATTITUDE/ OR exp INTERVIEWS/ OR exp “QUALITATIVE STUDIES”/

Once the search is complete, carry out a search for your topic of interest, and then combine the searches together.

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

If you’re searching CINAHL via Staffordshire or Keele Universities, an example strategy to use is:

(MH “Attitude+”) OR (MH “Interviews+”) OR (MH “Qualitative Studies+”)

Copy and paste the strategy into the search box and run the search. Once the search is complete, carry out a search for your topic of interest, and then combine the searches together (you’ll need to view the search history to combine searches).

These searches are fairly ‘sensitive’ and will pick up most articles that are qualitative research, but will include some that are not. However, they will vastly reduce the number of non-qualitative research articles in your results and make it easier to find qualitative research.

Medline
Medline is a very comprehensive database, with coverage of all areas of medicine, including nursing, allied health, public health and mental health. It contains over 23 million references, from over 5,600 scholarly journals.

If you’re searching Medline using the NHS Healthcare Databases, this is an example strategy that can be copied and pasted into the search box:

exp “QUALITATIVE RESEARCH”/ OR qualitative.ti,ab OR interview*.ti,ab OR experience*.ti,ab

Once the search is complete, carry out a search for your topic of interest, and then combine the searches together.

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

If you’re searching Medline via Staffordshire or Keele Universities, an example strategy to use is:

(MH “Qualitative Research+”) OR (MP “Qualitative”) OR (MP “Interview*”) OR (MP “Experience*”)

Copy and paste the strategy into the search box and run the search. Once the search is complete, carry out a search for your topic of interest, and then combine the searches together (you’ll need to view the search history to combine searches).

These searches are fairly ‘sensitive’ and will pick up most articles that are qualitative research, but will include some that are not. However, they will vastly reduce the number of non-qualitative research articles in your results and make it easier to find qualitative research.

Case Reports?

These are some good places to look for case reports

Medline

Medline is a very comprehensive database, with coverage of all areas of medicine, including nursing, allied health, public health and mental health. It contains over 23 million references, from over 5,600 scholarly journals.

Case reports can be found by filtering your search to Article Type > Document Type > Case Reports

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

EMBASE

Excepta Medica (EMBASE) covers all aspects of medicine, nursing, allied health, health policy, and public health. It is particularly strong on pharmaceutical information, and has an emphasis on European literature.

Case reports can be found by using the thesaurus term ‘case reports’ and combining this with your search

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports contains over 11,000 articles. It is indexed in Medline, but is worth searching separately. Access to the full-text of case reports is only available to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff, but you can request copies of items from us.

Publishing a case report in BMJ Case Reports

Staff of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust can submit case reports to BMJ Case Reports using out Fellowship number which is 915046

Grey literature?

Grey literature generally means material that is either unpublished or has been published in non-commercial form, and can include government reports, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, and research reports. Resources for locating Dissertations and Theses are available separately.

These are some good places to look for grey literature

HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)

HMIC is good source for UK health related grey literature.

HMIC includes information from the Department of Health’s Library and Information Service, and the King’s Fun Information and Library Service. As well as official publications and grey literature, HMIC also indexes journal articles.

Download our guide to Searching Healthcare Databases via HDAS

OAIster Database

OAIster contains more than 30 million records of open access grey literature resources.

OpenDOAR

OpenDOAR searches institutional and subject-based repositories, covering research outputs (including theses) and reports of academic and research based organisations.

Open Grey (System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe)

Open Grey covers a variety of European grey literature including conference papers, research reports and dissertations.